London turns liveable

55% of council leaders pledged to create a high-quality “Liveable Neighbourhood in run-up to election

London Cycling Campaign and Living Streets members and supporters contacted main party leaders in each London borough ahead of the local election on 3rd May to ask for their support for a Liveable London.

Members and supporters of the two organisations asked potential council leaders to commit to making a high-quality Liveable Neighbourhood in their borough. By pledging to do so, party leaders were demonstrating their ambition to access TfL funding to transform an area in the borough into a place where people will choose to walk and cycle, and leave the car at home.  

Both organisations have heralded the success of the campaign, with the results announced so far meaning that:  

  • 55% of newly elected borough leaders committed to a high-quality Liveable Neighbourhood
  • 7 boroughs have cross-party support for a high-quality Liveable Neighbourhood
  • 54% of boroughs currently without funding for a Liveable Neighbourhood have committed to submitting a high-quality bid over the course of this term

London Cycling Campaign and Living Streets are looking forward to working with all newly elected council leaders across London. Together, we can build places all over London where the air is cleaner, children can roam and walk or cycle to school, there are relaxing places to sit and relax, and everyone can walk and cycle safely and happily.

Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive of LCC said:

 

We’re delighted that so many council leaders have pledged to undertake transformational projects to make their boroughs more liveable, by reducing motor traffic and/or introducing protected cycle lanes. This will not only make walking and cycling a safe and enjoyable choice for everyday journeys, but will help clean up the air their residents breathe and make it easier for everyone lead healthier lives.

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:

Cities around the world are nowadays competing on liveability. We want to see liveable neighbourhoods right across London where everyone can walk and cycle safely and happily. We look forward to working with boroughs across London to transform the city together and make it a truly world-class city to live in. 

You can see a full break down of pledges by borough here: https://lcc.org.uk/pages/my-liveable-london-pledges

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